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Growing Spring Onions

Spring Onions are the versatile easy to grow staple for any garden!

Growing Spring Onions

Spring Onions are the versatile easy to grow beauties - although part of the onion family are a much milder vegetable so are perfect for eating raw and adding to your favourite salad or sandwich. Spring Onions are also often used in oriental cooking for that extra punch and the green tops can be chopped very finely to be used like chives as the final garnish on your dish.

Spring Onions are easy-to-grow and will thrive in any good fertile soil that has adequate drainage - if you have both of these things you won't need to worry about thinning your plants as you will be harvesting in as little as 8 weeks! They are also perfect for use as a "filler crop" between rows of slower growing vegetables and as they are part of the onion family - they are great companions to most staple garden vegetables! Download our guide to companion planting here Companion Planting Guide.pdf

How to choose the best variety for you

Spring Onion Seed Galloper F.1. Hybrid
Fast growing, tender and never forms a bulb. A modern hybrid with strong vigour, forming long white shanks. Adapts well to most seasons.

Spring Onion Seed Long White
Long usable shanks with little waste. Leaves and stems can both be used in salads and garnishings. This variety does not form a bulb. Shanks stay long and slim. Impressive Spring Onion.

Spring Onion Seed Red Bunching
Colourful little number with mild onion flavour. Something a little different to add colour to a salad. Just as easy to grow as normal spring onions.

Spring Onion Seed White Bunching
Leaves and stems can both be used in salads and as a garnish. So handy to have and so easy to grow. Relatively pest and disease free.

Spring Onion Seed Bunching
Very traditional and commercial spring onion leaves and stems can both be used in salads and as a garnish. So handy to have.

Spring Onion Seed White Lisbon
The old favourite and most popular variety - hardy and reliable grower featuring long white stems and bright green tops.

How to sow your Spring Onion Seeds
Choose a well drained site in full sun, ensure you have fertile soil and adequate drainage. Spring onion seeds are best sown in trays for the germination period for subsequent transplanting. Sow seeds 20cm apart and to a depth of 5mm.
Or why not try our SUPER EASY Weedbuster and Fertiliser tape!
Choose a well drained site in full sun. Sow direct where to grow in a warm, well prepared seedbed. Form a shallow trench/groove approximately 1cm deep and lay tape in it. These seeds are already spaced and attached to the tape. Cover with soil to a depth of 1cm and water well.

Care for your Sweet Peas
Keep seedbed evenly moist during the germination period of 7-10 days. Apply McGregor’s FruitMax 2 weeks after germination for healthier plants and a maximum crop. Protect your vege garden from snails and slugs with McGregor’s Snail and Slug Bait and from White Butterfly with McGregor’s Derris Dust.

Hints and Tips
All onions are shallow rooted and therefor require regular watering during dry spells.

Our high quality seed tapes that incorporate an effective general controlled release Osmocote mini fertiliser. This gives young plants a controlled and longer release of nutrients without burning the young roots. The thick weedbuster tapes give the young plants a week or two head start on weeds by minimising weed competition through a critical period.

01 March 2024